It’s time, friend. It’s time to drop that Blackberry you’ve got duct-taped together and move up in the world. Android is waiting with open arms, and a plethora of great devices. I’m sure you were with that Blackberry for quite some time, so let’s discuss how you’re going to get acquainted to your new life with Android. It won’t be hard, I promise.
Those Android users that have a handset running Android 4.1 or later (hence a Jelly Bean version) can already take advantage of one of its most interesting features, the smart Google Now search system/assistant that provides custom alerts and results based on certain parameters and search patterns extracted by the company from what’s currently happening in your life.
With Android’s increasing market share and Google’s focus on mobile devices and services, this should come as no surprise, but according to a note to investors from Morgan Stanley, Google expects the majority of its users to access its services from mobile devices in the future.
JAM with Chrome is a new web application that lets you and your friends (all three of them) play music together on Chrome browser. Since the jam session is done in real-time, make sure you have a good Internet connection if you don’t want to mess a song up and get kicked out of the band.
After months of testing, Google Chrome has just received a new update that includes the must-have “Do Not Track” feature and offers improved power consumption.
Google takes a unique approach when it comes to searching for exploits in Chrome. Instead of only utilizing in-house resources to find these potential threats, Google uses hacking competitions. At the company’s second sponsored Pwnium hacking competition a potential security issue was unveiled that earned one enterprising hacker a $60,000 payout.
When Motorola Mobility launched its Intel powered RAZR i less than 10 days ago there was some raised eyebrows when it was revealed that the new phone didn’t run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and neither could it run the Chrome web browser. This might be cause for concern about any new phone which is released, but considering that Motorola Mobility is owned by Google and, of course, Google is the custodian of Android and the creator of the Chrome web browser, it is almost alarming. Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?
Motorola revealed that the new Motorola Razr HD, Maxx HD, and M will all have Chrome as the default browser. The new devices will all ship with Android 4.0 ICS but will be upgraded to Jelly Bean by the end of the year.
In mobile devices, a menu bar that permanently sits either on top of bottom of the display can really rob users of their precious screen real estate. This is something that has apparently been lingering on Google’s mind, as well, and the company has applied to patent the use of a radial-style menu in the Android browser and Chrome.